Director of Development & Tourism

Reporting to the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), the Director of Development and Tourism will provide leadership, direction and management to the Development and Tourism department which includes Planning, Economic Development, Tourism (including the Museum of Dufferin) and Building Services. The Director will act on their own authority or on the authority delegated by the CAO and is responsible for all major decisions affecting the Development and Tourism department. As a member of the Senior Management Team (SMT), the Director of Development and Tourism is a key contributor to corporate decision-making and provides guidance and direction in the development and implementation of strategies that support the County’s priorities.

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What you’ll do
• Provide leadership and oversight of the Development and Tourism functional areas, including the Planning, Economic Development, Tourism (including the Museum of Dufferin) and Building Services divisions
• Apply a collaborative and inclusive leadership style to foster an engaging and productive work environment with a strong focus on continuous improvement and accountability
• Manage the performance of direct reports by setting expectations, supporting development, and providing regular feedback
• Delegate appropriate responsibility for the provision of departmental services while retaining overall accountability for the delivery of those services
• Create, modify, review and support Development and Tourism department policies and procedures and ensure alignment with the Corporation’s strategic priorities and values
• Liaise on behalf of the County with planning and other consultants, developers, contractors and government departments and agencies
• Responsible for the Development and Tourism budget ensuring alignment with the Corporation’s overall strategic priorities
• Perform other related tasks as assigned.

What you’ll bring
• Post-secondary degree in Planning, Economic Development, Tourism, or a related field
• Six (6) years progressive management experience in planning, economic development, tourism or a related field of work
• Previous experience identifying, recommending and monitoring departmental budgets
• Knowledge of the Planning Act and approvals process in Ontario
• Assets for the position include knowledge of cultural services or museum/heritage services, government processes related to a municipal environment, the Building Code Act and building services, and/or progressive management experience in municipal government
• Exceptional leadership skills with proven ability to lead, supervise and mentor a team of managers and staff while working towards a common corporate goal
• Excellent judgment and creative problem-solving skills including negotiation and conflict resolution skills


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